Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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486. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Covid Query No. 5.709 (details supplied), the specific changes being proposed to the insolvency legislation as a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6711/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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I refer the Deputy to my most recent PQ answers on this matter. 

In my reply to question No. 5.709 of 11 May, referred to by the Deputy, I indicated that my officials are considering certain specific formal or procedural statutory requirements which may be difficult or impracticable to comply with, due to COVID-19 restrictions, including a small number of requirements under the Personal Insolvency Acts, so that any necessary amendments could be addressed in an urgent forthcoming Bill. I also indicated that those changes are in addition to the changes which may be proposed under the statutory review of the Personal Insolvency Acts, due to report later this year. 

In response to another parliamentary question, no. 369, on this issue, put to me by Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív on 13 May 2020, I provided a detailed answer regarding the changes which are under consideration, arising from the statutory review. 

It is not possible at this stage to provide further details on the exact changes to be included in the forthcoming COVID-related Bill, as these have not been finalised at this point in time

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